Masters of Economics and Public Policy and Short Courses Info

The Masters of Economics and Public Policy under the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct (PL&GP) program in an initiative of the Papua New Guinea and Australian governments to strengthen the public service machinery in the country. The program aims to upskill and empower PNG public servants.

The program is the initiative of the University of Papua New Guinea’s School of Business and Public Policy and the Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance (was Institute of Public Administration/Admin College).

PNG Insight compiles (and shares) the information below (2019, from PL&GP) to help the PNG Public servants who may want to apply for the leadership program at the Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance, PILG.


The PL&GP offers leadership training tailored for the Papua New Guinea public sector and includes:

  • the opportunity to strengthen core public service skills, including leadership capabilities, strategic thinking and policy development;
  • a challenging and engaging course program, with a combination of skills-based training, peer-to-peer learning, participatory exercises, class discussions, academic course work and applied workplace projects; and
  • a fully-funded, nine-month program with 3 x two-week residential learning blocks at the Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance in Port Moresby.’

Masters of Economics and Public Policy

The Master of Economic and Public Policy started in 2017. The program started with the support of the ANU and aimed to provide high-quality educational opportunities and professional development for leaders engaged in the public sectors.

The masters program aimed to provide candidates with theoretical and knowledge, and enhanced the understanding of ethical leadership – a prerequisite for effective public institutions.

There are three semesters. In 2018, the following were the schedules: Trimester 1 March 28 2018, Trimester 2 May 21 2018, and Trimester 3 August 29 2018.

Perhaps it is important to also note that the course schedule may not remain the same year after year. The dates may change so contact the Institute for the latest dates.

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Applications info

The completed application forms and relevant documentation must be sent to the Department of Personnel Management before the close of business. This date can be obtained from DPM contacts listed below.

As usual, late applications will not be accepted, so make sure you have submitted the application before the c.o.b.

Selection criteria

Applicants must be permanent public servants occupying positions from Grades 10 – 14 from the Provinces and Grade 15 – 16 at the National level.

  • Have five years of relevant work experience, including mid-level management experience.
  • Recommended and supported by their agency heads to attend the program.
  • Possess a minimum of Grade 10 or Equivalent High School Qualification.
  • Grade 12 or equivalent High School Qualification desirable.
  • Have demonstrated leadership skills.

Required documentation

The applications that do not include the required documentation will not be considered. Therefore, all required documents must be produced in full.

  • Completed application forms.
  • A letter of recommendation from their the department/division/section head.
  • Certified copies of academic certificates and transcript for all previous high school and university studies.
  • Copy of Curriculum Vitae (CV) detailing duties and responsibilities, demonstrating 5 years of relevant work experience including mid-level management experience.

DPM Secretary said about the Masters of Economics and Public Policy

The Masters of Economics and Public Policy is led by the Department of Personnel Management (DPM). The acting secretary for DPM Ms Taies Sansan said this Program was specifically for up and coming public sector leaders in PNG.

“We are empowering emerging leaders from all over Papua New Guinea with the tools they need to make a difference for the country,” Ms Sansan said.

“The program underpins the principles of ethical leadership, gender equity and social inclusion.

“Participants are selected because they have demonstrated the commitment to these values and show potential as leaders. PL&GP, 19/06/2018

Information and Contact

Get the latest information and application forms from DPM through Mr Ravugamini or Ms Veratau. Their contact details are below.

Mr Vele Ravugamini, Executive Manager, Executive Leadership Development Division, Phone: 327 6326, Email:

Ms Junelyn Veratau, Executive Leadership Development Officer, Phone: 327 6407, Email:

Diploma, Certificate and Short Courses at PILG

Below is a list of courses offered at the Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance for PNG public servants throughout the country.

Diploma Programs

All Diploma courses will run for 20-36 weeks at the institute’s main campus in Port Moresby.

  • Public Administration
  • Leadership & Governance
  • Local Level Government Management
  • National Diploma of Government-HRM
  • Diploma in Accounting

Certificate Programs

All certificates programs will run for 03 to 10 weeks.

  • Middle Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Certificate in Accounting
  • Local Level Government
  • Leadership and Governance
  • Land Administration
  • Information Technology
  • National Certificate 2 TAA-Instructor Level
  • National Certificate 3-TAA-Trainer/Assessor Level

Short Courses

All other short courses run for 05 to 10 days.

  • Financial Management
  • Project Management
  • Leadership & Governance
  • Management, Planning & Control
  • Land Dispute Settlement
  • People Management
  • Essentials of Human Resource Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Public Service Inductions
  • Basic & Advance Report Writing
  • Budget Preparation & Expenditure Control
  • Payroll
  • Local Level Government Budget
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Basic & Intermediate Ms Word
  • Basic & Intermediate Ms Excel
  • Basic & Intermediate Ms PowerPoint
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel
  • Advanced Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (Advanced)

Key points

The Department of Personnel Management oversees the Masters of Economics and Public Policy on behalf of the PNG and Australian governments.

The Levels 10-14 public servants from the provinces and Levels 14-16 at the national offices can apply through their divisional heads. Complete and submit the applications for the Masters of Economics and Public Policy to the DPM for consideration.

The course duration is 9 months with 3 semesters. Of which, there is a 2-week intensive lecture contact per semester on campus.


For the latest on the Masters of Economics and Public Policy or course mentioned in this article, either contact the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct or DPM reps mentioned above.

If you are planning to pursue a diploma, certificate or short course offered by the Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance, contact the institute directly.

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